The strangest thing happened today, and I just had to share it with you. Around 4 this afternoon I decided I had to spend some time outside because it was so beautiful out. So I took my book and a blanket and headed to the backyard. Normally when I go out to read I drag the blanket into the grass, but post-rain the grass was really high and, I figured, hiding lots of bugs. So I laid the blanket on a patch of patio and started reading there.

After a while I put the book aside and just looked up at the huge tree I was sitting underneath. It’s our big walnut tree, the one that drives me crazy when it starts dropping nuts. But it had just started leafing out, and against the blue, blue sky it was looking so pretty. It reminded me of living in the mountains – how blue the sky was. How much I used to savor my walks outside. It was one of those stop-and-smell-the-roses moments. Really nice.

After an hour I had to go back inside and get ready to teach my Nia class. A while later Mike came home from work. He went into the back yard to check out the garden, but he came back right away. He asked me if I had noticed that a branch was down (because it was also really windy today). I said no, but I’d heard some noises that I thought might have been banging doors or something. Well, it turns out a huge branch fell off of that tree, the one I was sitting under. It fell right where I had been sitting. If I had still been there, it probably would have hurt me.

Weird, right?

I don’t believe in signs, and I don’t even know what something like that would mean. But it’s a hell of a coincidence.